The Washingtonian: From Politics to Sweets

From Politics to Sweets


In the HBO film Game Change, an actor plays Chris Edwards, a staffer in the 2008 GOP campaign assigned to Sarah Palin. At the Washington premiere, Edwards rubbed shoulders with movie people and old friends from the political wars.

A week or so later, he was hawking chocolate samples at Dean & DeLuca in Georgetown. It turns out Edwards’s family has been in the chocolate business since 1914 with Sherman Edwards Candies, based in Pittsburgh. He and siblings Dana Manatos and Mark Edwards initially opted for political careers.

All three worked for President George W. Bush, but after the Republican defeat in ’08, they jumped into the family business, renaming it Edward Marc Chocolatier and repositioning it with an active website and clients such as Dean & DeLuca and Saks Fifth Avenue. They also landed a contract to be the only chocolate shop in the Pentagon, where their biggest seller is – not surprisingly – chocolate Pentagons.